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socialwork A New World for Social Workers On March 23, 2010, President Barack Obama signed into law the Affordable Care Act (ACA), initiating sweeping changes to address inefficiencies, rising costs, and poor outcomes in the United States’ health care system. Focusing on prevention and early intervention, the ACA emphasizes coordinated and integrated primary and behavioral health care with particular attention to enhancing quality and reducing cost. Social workers will have new and potentially expanded roles in a reorganized health care system, and the NYU Silver School of Social Work has stepped to the forefront in the field to train students for these seismic changes. In the post-ACA world, prevention will be a priority with one clinician managing an individual’s overall care. Better integration of primary and mental health care will require collaboration across systems and among teams of multi-disciplinary caregivers. Team members will connect patients to an expanded range of services, such as physical health care, substance abuse treatment, and supportive housing. “Social work is uniquely positioned to respond to the content demands of the Afford-

Social workers will have new and potentially expanded roles in a reorganized health care system.

able Care Act in that we’re holistic thinkers,” said Mary McKay, McSilver Professor of Poverty Studies and the director of the McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research. “In our training, we have the ability to think about the whole person and multiple influences on their health and well-being.” One goal of this integrated model: prevent illnesses and co-morbidities from becoming chronic conditions. According to Assistant Professor Victoria Stanhope, patients will be more active in their own health care, with social workers engaging clients through activities like wellness management and facilitating better communication between patients and families. The Center for American Progress and The Commonwealth Fund estimate preventative care alone could save $600 billion over nine years. Also anticipated to change is the way clinicians are paid—from a fee-for-service model to outcome-driven service delivery—likely leading to briefer treatments and a deep knowledge

in this issue:


Working to Advance NYU Silver Future Social Workers Learn about Crucial Social Welfare Benefits from Agency Leaders A Year in China

Technology for Good: Jessica Mason, BS ’10

NYU Silver Goes to Washington

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A New World for Social Workers 3

A Letter from the Dean

Technology for Good: Jessica Mason, BS ’10

Said McKay, “I think social workers are really going to have to think about the evidence base for the care that we provide.” Data management will become an important part of social workers’ lives, including integrating client needs with payment reform incentives to


agencies, client-desired outcomes, and ongoing quality metrics. According to

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Andrew Cleek, executive officer of the McSilver-Urban Institute for Behavioral Health, few agencies or practitioners currently bring client outcome data together with payment and financial information. “The ability to manage data is going to be a huge need amongst the new generation of social workers, and it is something about which we’ve


never traditionally thought,” he said.

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A New World for Social Workers of which evidence-informed services will quickly achieve a needed outcome.


A Year in China


Health Resources and Services Administration awarded the School a $467,000 grant to support interdisciplinary education of future behavioral health care providers. In partnership with the NYU Colleges of Nursing and


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The Silver School has taken a lead in preparing students for these changes. Last year, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’



Living (ICL) and Community Access, the School has established an integrated classroom-field experience for MSW students focused on services for women with serious mental health challenges. Students take a combined advanced policy class and practice elective in primary and behavioral health care integration and three one-credit intensives, with field placements at ICL or Community Access. Five MSW students enrolled in the program in the spring semester with 10 expected to join in the fall. By the end of the grant’s three years, 35 students will complete the program. While it may be too early to anticipate how the ACA will impact field education, Helle Thorning, who with Stanhope instructs the policy and

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more so.” Thorning, former assistant dean of field learning and community partnerships, is now a research scientist at the Center for Practice Innovation at Columbia University. “Attending to the training of students—the emerging workforce in integrated primary and behavioral health care—is critical during this momentous time of transformation,” added Thorning. The School is looking to have more group learning in the field, which will be more reflective of team work. Additionally, students must be able to listen to clients, know when to bring in

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Clinical Technical Assistance Center (CTAC)—funded by the New York State Office of Mental Health—offers training and resources to behavioral health clinics to improve clinical services, financial liability, and financial health. “What makes us really unique as a school of social work is that most schools do not concentrate on finances of provider organizations,” said

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A Letter from the Dean Dear alumni and friends: As temperatures heat up outside, we at the Silver School get a short time to reflect on the 2012-13 year. On May 21, we celebrated the graduation of 625 students from our baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral programs. Former Congressman Edolphus “Ed” Towns, a social worker who chaired the Congressional Social Work Caucus, delivered an uplifting keynote address at our convocation. Congratulations to all our outstanding graduates!

In the past year we continued to work on our strategic plan (www.socialwork. We expanded our global engagement through the work of our faculty and research centers and new global learning opportunities for students. In this issue of the Newsletter, you will learn about some of these

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developments, including the work of Associate Professor Yuhwa Eva Lu in China and a new global learning program established in Washington, DC. In June, we convened a multidisciplinary, three-day conference on “Global Health and Well-Being: The Social Work Response,” which drew speakers and attendees from around the world. You can read about the conference on our website,

If you check out that article, you will notice a new look for the School’s website.

We completed a website redesign this spring, which brought about several improvements, including a new visual design, a new section for alumni, and a better representation of all that is happening at the School.

Another area in which the School has been expanding its work is the integration

of behavioral and mental health care. As you will read about in the Newsletter, we are educating our students to fill this area of growing demand, due in part to the changes stemming from the Affordable Care Act.

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A Year in China Associate Professor Yuhwa Eva Lu spent 2011-12 across the world in Shanghai, teaching and conducting research in a country with a fledgling social work profession. Based out of East China University of Science and Technology (ECUST) and East China Normal University (ECNU), Lu taught two courses at ECUST—Community Mental Health and Cotemporary Social Work Development in the U.S.—and one at ECNU—The Progression of Social Work Profession. Among her research, Lu examined chronic physical pain and mental illness in the elderly. She presented at major conferences, including in Hong Kong on the Social Work Objective Structured Clinical Evaluation (SW-OSCE). Chinese elders comprised 9.1 percent of the country’s population in 2011—about 123 million people—and are the world’s fastest growing elderly population. Lu studied the efficacy of traditional Chinese healing practices and the body-

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mind-spirit (BMS) model on elders with co-occurring depression/anxiety and chronic physical pain. Sixty-four elders from two nursing homes and one

skills, cultural empathy, assessment and intervention strategies,

community center in Shanghai were divided into two groups.

comprehensive evaluation, and meta competence. To test its

Over a 12-week period, both groups partook in traditional

validity, 122 MSW students chose the SW-OSCE as the final as-

Chinese healing practices. One group participated in only Tai

signment for a required course at the NYU Silver School of Social

Chi exercises and the second was taught integrated prac-

Work. Lu found students often rated themselves higher than their

tices, including mindful meditation, Ba Duan Jin, and Tai Chi,

client on cultural empathy. Additionally, strong clinical skills did

combined with group activities and lectures related to mental

not necessarily translate to cultural empathy and a racial/ethnic

health—a BMS approach.

match between the student and client did not predict greater

“The BMS model is new to Chinese social workers,” she said. “They’ve never really thought along that line. They pretty

cultural empathy or better rapport. “The results provide strong support for the use of

much pursue our mainstream social work material and have a

the SW-OSCE as a tool for assessing performance in social

number of our text books translated.”

work practice,” Lu and her co-authors wrote. “They also

Lu’s preliminary findings saw improvement in both groups’ depression, anxiety, chronic physical pain, and selfefficacy. Overall, younger elders had more improvement

indicate its potential for evaluating the outcomes of educational programmes.” Taiwan is beginning to use the SW-OSCE in hospitals.

than their older counterparts with the BMS group’s change

The Chinese government has made the development of the

more significant.

social work profession a priority, and ECUST and the Shanghai

The Chinese government has an ambitious goal to

city government are building interview rooms for the assess-

increase the number of social workers from 200,000 in 2011 to

ment tool. Lu said that ECUST’s social work department is

two million by 2020. While China still imports Western social

interested in having more evidence-based observational inter-

work practices, Lu noted that Cecilia Chan of the University of

viewing methodology in their teaching.

Hong Kong has researched more indigenous techniques and

Lu called her year “rewarding.” She said, “I feel like I

practices. As an example of its dedication to exploring these

was able to use my cross-cultural experiences here working

methods, the Centre on Behavioral Health at the University of

with Asian immigrants and as a faculty member, a researcher,

Hong Kong funded Lu’s BMS study.

and a private practitioner. The Chinese were very eager to hear

Lu travelled to Hong Kong in January 2012 to present

and to learn about cultural competency in the profession.”

on the development of a SW-OSCE. The OSCE—a standardized, simulated interview that assesses students’ interactional skills— has long been used to strengthen medical students’ clinical skills. In a March 2011 Social Work Education article, Lu and her co-authors identified five categories for evaluation: interviewing


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Lu, Y. E., Ain, E., Chamorro, C., Chang, C-Y., Feng, J. Y, Fong, R., … Yu, M. (2011). A New Methodology for Assessing Social Work Practice: The Adaption of the Objective Structured Clinical Evaluation (SW-OSCE). Social Work Education 30(2), 170-185.

Technology for Good Jessica Mason, BS ’10 Since graduating from the NYU Silver School of Social Work in 2010, Jessica Mason has worked in Haiti, traveled the United States raising awareness about extreme poverty, and will soon pack her bags for England as a Marshall Scholar. The common thread through Mason’s college experience and early career had always been poverty and homelessness. After completing her NYU Silver degree and serving as the all-University commencement speaker, she spent six months in Haiti directing earthquake relief efforts with the Global Volunteer Network. “It was an eye opening experience and a whole new level of poverty,” she said. “One thing I really saw as a proactive solution that worked well was technology, particularly mobile service.”

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Haiti has been a cell phone service leader in the Caribbean. Despite widespread poverty and high illiteracy levels, 3.2 million Haitians—one-third of the country’s population—owned cell phones in 2010. In fact, text messaging was crucial in the first days following the earthquake—between family members and from the country’s Emergency Information System. When she returned to the United States at the end of 2010, Mason joined an anti-poverty campaign, where she toured the U.S. talking to politicians, donors, and reporters. She also learned more about leveraging advocacy work in the technology sector before eventually landing at Google’s YouTube for Good. The YouTube for Good team builds online tools and programs for nonprofit organizations, educators, and activists—some are available to any nonprofit via YouTube’s website and others are built specifically for an organization. Her projects have varied from assisting a nonprofit’s fundraising campaign to training teachers in using YouTube to developing a face-blurring tool for activists that allows for anonymity in online videos. “In my current work, I get to touch a lot of different projects,” explained Mason. “I learn about many different issue areas and sit down with nonprofits to think strategically about their technology goals and what they want to communicate to their constituents.” Mason is intrigued by how people are reacting to technology and legislation that can potentially inhibit the Inter-

Mason’s social work degree gave her a strong foundation for social justice and policy, and she still refers back to some of her courses, such as the global policy course. “My Silver School degree provided a good combination of a liberal arts base and hard skills that would apply to work.” During her time in the technology sector, Mason has become more interested in politics and policy, especially international policy. Named a Marshall Scholar for 2013, in September she will leave for England to pursue two consecutive master’s degrees to help her acquire policy-specific skills. Her first year will be spent at the London School of Economics studying global politics, followed by a year at the Oxford Internet Institute focusing on social sciences of the Internet. In the future, Mason could see herself on a few different paths from a job in government to working for a corporation on policy issues, but she also realizes that technology’s rapid growth may open her up to experiences she cannot yet imagine. “Technology is such a fast-changing industry, and social media tools are all toddlers getting ready for first grade,” she said. “In a few years I have no idea what I will be doing in this space and where I fit in, but I do know we need experts in Internet policy who will help promote growth and ensure that we keep using technology.”

net’s “good aspects.” She stressed that without free and open communications across the World Wide Web, the Arab Spring might never have happened. “The Internet is the world’s first truly global platform,” she said. “We have a scary possibility that we might create laws that take this away.”

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Dean’s Advisory Council: Working to Advance NYU Silver “It’s a nice way to stay in contact and to be informed about

One way the Dean’s Advisory Council worked to reengage

what’s happening at the University and in social work educa-

alumni and have them meet Videka was to host “Conversations

tion in general.”

with the Dean.” Last summer, Council members hosted two of

Claudia Oberweger, MSW ’88, a long-time member of the NYU Silver School of Social Work Dean’s Advisory Council,

these events—one in New York City and one in Westchester. On NYU’s 2012 Alumni Day, the Council hosted an

recently reflected on why she joined this select group of NYU

art show and reception at the School to showcase the art of

Silver alumni and friends. She continued, “I like to be connect-

adults with developmental disabilities. All the art came from

ed to the School. I feel very grateful for my experience there

the LAND (League Artists Natural Design) Studio & Gallery, a

and the change of my life because of it.”

creative program founded by the League Education and Treat-

The Dean’s Advisory Council’s 43 members provide advice and support to Dean Lynn Videka in accomplishing the

ment Center, based in Brooklyn. Oberweger said she has been interested in and fol-

School’s strategic and fundraising goals. This distinguished

lowed the curriculum changes over the last several years.

body was formed in 1996 with the first meeting held on De-

Besides being on the Dean’s Advisory Council, she funds a

cember 11 of that year. The members have been asked over the

scholarship and has supervised bachelor’s students—other

years to join by various deans and many accept as a way to

ways she has been able to stay engaged with a School that

remain engaged with NYU Silver.

had such an impact in her life.

Members bring their outside perspectives and experi-

As an MSW student, she worked full time as a sub-

ences within the field of social work. For example, during

stance abuse counselor and had two children. Not only did

the development of the School’s five-year strategic plan the

NYU Silver give her solid training to advance her career, but

group’s expertise added valuable input. In 2012-13, the Council

the administration was extremely supportive of working her

collaborated to create operating guidelines for the group,

field placement into her other life responsibilities.

which established goals and objectives consistent with the School’s strategic plan. Besides giving generously of their own time and money, Council members have been involved in fundraising

“That is the imprint of the School on me,” she said. “It is emblematic of the profession, and helps people negotiate their lives better.” Karen Wright, director of development, praised the dedi-

and development efforts. They have called alumni to ask them

cation of the Dean’s Advisory Council members. She said, “The

to give, thanked them for gifts, and encouraged participation

Dean’s Advisory Council is one of the strongest connections the

in School activities. This role was instrumental for NYU Silver’s

Silver School has to the community. The Council includes many

50th anniversary celebration in 2010.

of our area’s most committed alumni whose experiences in the

“It’s not just about money,” said Howard Leifman, MSW ’87, PhD ’01, who has been on the Council since 2010. “It’s about

field and as NYU Silver students are invaluable in their input to the dean. We are very grateful for their service and support.”

commitment and investment in time, energy, and thought.” Leifman serves on the School’s Career and Professional Development Advisory Committee, which informed the School’s Career and Professional Development Curriculum, launched this past January. Leifman, along with fellow Council member Carol Kanarek, also provided one-on-one career coaching to MSW students over the past academic year. Leifman’s participation in the Dean’s Advisory Council sprang from his own desire to give back to a school and university that provided him a superb education. One challenge he sees for NYU Silver is the many changes it has gone through over the last 25 years. He explained, “I realized there were a lot of alums who didn’t know what the School was up to, and if they did know they could be more involved financially and support the School with knowledge and experience.”

Upcoming Events Thursday, October 3, 2013 Conversation with the Dean 6:00-7:30 pm Morris Country Club, Morristown, NJ For more information and to RSVP, contact Alexin Tenefrancia at 212-998-6775.

Saturday, October 19, 2013 NYU Alumni Day Save the date for the NYU Silver Dean’s Luncheon, with the 5th Annual Alumni Awards Ceremony. For more information, visit


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Class Notes Marci Auerbach, MSW ’83, works at Presbyterian St. Luke’s Medical Center and Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children as director of case management and palliative care. She is currently involved in a

When I came to NYU Silver last year the last thing on my mind was

project funded by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

doing any sort of policy work. I figured I had paid my activist dues

to address transitions of care from hospital to home in an eight-

dancing for disarmament and fighting to end world hunger in the

county area in Colorado.

1980s. But, like many social work students, my consciousness got raised (again) thanks to policy class in my first semester. When it came time to choose an advanced policy course, I

Debra Castaldo, PhD ’04, has recently been featured as a relationship expert on: FOX Good Day NY, NBC The 10 Show, CNN Ameri-

decided I wanted to do something hands on. I chose the week-long

can Law Journal, The Lisa Oz Show, and in Ladies Home Journal,

Washington, DC trip because I wanted to learn first hand how I, as a

Woman’s Day, Redbook, More, and Shape magazines. She also

social worker, could help shape policy and advocate for my clients

published two books, Divorced without Children and Gifts of Love,

and the communities where I live and work. I found the learning expe-

and is finishing her third, Relationship Reboot.

rience to be so inspiring and productive that I wanted to share what I learned. Blogging on a daily basis was the ideal way to do just that. We had a very specific objective: go to Capitol Hill on

Rachel Duvall, MSW ’11, recently started as a counselor at Joe Torre Safe at Home Foundation’s Margaret’s Place program, which provides

behalf of the National Association of Social Workers and speak

a “safe space” in public schools for students affected by domes-

to congressional staff about current policy issues. We were lucky

tic violence. She offers individual and group counseling, conducts

enough to be prepped by a team of experts led by our professor,

school-wide anti-violence campaigns, trains students and teachers in

Dr. Jeane Anastas, president of NASW. Our three days included lectures about social security and Medicare, immigration, and the Social Work Reinvestment Act by speakers who actively worked in these fields. By our third afternoon we had enough information under our belts to split into teams and prepare for our meetings with congressional staffers the following day. Ours is a participatory government, and we were actively participating. I was surprised by the warm reception we received

anti-violence curriculum, and oversees the peer leadership program. John Evangelinelis, MSW ’01, passed away on December 9, 2012. He lived in Daytona Beach, Florida, and worked as a therapist in foster care until his retirement last summer. Diane Freedman, PhD ’07, LCSW, created the Freedman Center for Clinical Social Work, in Suffolk County, New York, comprised of six social workers helping many communities including LGBTIQ.

everywhere we went and how the congressional staffers we met

FSCCSW also works with first responders, people who have suf-

with were genuinely interested in what we had to say.

fered trauma, and people in the Armed Forces.

My biggest takeaway was a feeling of empowerment. As social workers, many of us see on a daily basis how policy affects

Betsy Greenberg Abramovich, MSW ’92, moved to Arizona in 1997.

the lives of our clients. We can (and should) back up our policy

In January 2006, she took a position with the Gila River Health Care

positions with research data, but our greatest strength is that we

Corporation as a clinical liaison and is now a team leader. Gila River

can also humanize the issues by telling stories from the front lines.

is a small Indian reservation about 30 miles south of Phoenix.

After my week in Washington, I am now inspired to raise my voice and truly believe my voice will be heard.

Rob Jaskiewicz, MSW ’95, recently authored the book Dharmakaya: The Language of Love, a collection of poems and reflections that

Judy Rosen, MSW ’13, was a student blogger in 2012-13. Read Judy’s blog,

capture the richness of inner experience within the Mahamdra

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Buddhist meditative tradition. He is an adjunct professor of psychology at Rutgers University and the co-founder of Montclair Health Associates. Harilyn Rousso, MSW ’74, recently had her memoir, Don’t Call Me Inspirational: A Disabled Feminist Talks Back, published by Temple University Press. The book looks at overcoming prejudice against disability. For more information, visit Catherine Traiforou Vlasto, MSW ’95, works as a per diem hospice social worker for the New Milford Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice in New Milford, Connecticut. She also facilitates a bereavement support group for Friends of Hospice, Inc. in Torrington and is an executive with Young Living Therapeutic grade essential oils.

The Washington, DC course, held over the winter intersession, is one of the School’s global learning opportunities.

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Future Social Workers Learn about Crucial Social Welfare Benefits from Agency Leaders In early January, 30 NYU Silver School of Social Work students gathered for a two-day seminar on entitlement programs to learn about benefit programs and services allocated under the Social Security Act and how they are organized and delivered by New York City social welfare agencies. Topics covered included eligibility requirements, city agencies responsible for the delivery of these services, how to access services for clients, and major advocacy issues for social workers. “This is just a part of what social workers do and is what sets us apart from other clinical disciplines,” said seminar instructor, Associate Professor Alma Carten. “We connect people to services, and it’s our responsibility to be well informed about the social welfare benefit structure.”

Fatima Shama, commissioner of the NYC Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs, and David R. Jones, president and chief executive officer of the Community Service Society of New York

While seminar content is included in various courses across the School’s curriculum, Carten said, “None offers a comprehensive overview of all city agencies and nonprofit

maltreatment reports. Charles Hollander, former ACS chief

organizations. My motivation for creating the course was the

legal counsel, discussed services for youthful offenders and

need for our students to know what services are available in

the agency’s recent merger with the Department of Juvenile

New York and who is eligible for these services.”

Justice. Daniel Farrell, vice president of programs at HELP USA

Guest speakers from private and public sector agen-

services underscoring the high need for clinical social work

tions from senior staff of the Community Services Society of

services for this population, and Martha HoSang, whose private

New York (CSS). David Jones, president and chief executive

practice is in gerontology, explored services for the elderly.

officer, discussed the agency’s historic commitment to fighting

Students gave enthusiastic feedback on the useful-

poverty, current research initiatives, and advocacy efforts. He

ness of the seminar content for their practice in field agencies.

examined issues related to diversity, poverty, and the dispro-

Myriam Lankry, MSW ’14 said, “With this information I felt more

portionate impact of social problems and urban ills on minority

qualified to speak with my clients at my internship and guide

populations. Diane Wenzler, director of public benefits and re-

them towards social services that can facilitate an improve-

sources, provided an overview of benefit programs. She intro-

ment in all aspects of their lives.”

duced the agency’s new electronic tool—a one-stop resource

Jeremy Donohue, MSW ’14, enrolled because his field

to link clients to governmental benefit programs across New

placement required him to refer clients to agencies for sup-

York State. Reyes Irizarry, project director of CSS’s Financial

portive services, and he wanted a stronger knowledge base.

Coaching Corps, spoke about this innovative financial advocacy

Speakers shared information and introduced services he did

program offering individualized money-management coaching

not know were available.

and financial counseling from highly trained volunteers. Speakers on the second day included Fatima Shama, commissioner of the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs, whose

“I only wish the seminar had taken place early in the first semester,” he said. “It was that helpful.” Given the favorable response from students, Carten

presentation included information about the mayor’s execu-

hopes the seminar content will be incorporated into the

tive order that protects immigrants from the unnecessary

School’s curriculum. She said, “Every social work student

reporting of their immigrant status when seeking city services.

needs to be aware of public departments that provide critical

Jacqueline McKnight, deputy commissioner of the New York

services, and this essential information must be in the toolbox

City’s Administration for Children’s Services (ACS), Division

of every student who walks out of these doors.”

of Family Support Services, corrected the conventional view that the agency’s sole concern is with the investigation of child


and an NYU Silver doctoral candidate, discussed homeless

cies shared a wealth of information that began with presenta-

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Alumna anding Recent U Silver Outst and NY ka e de th Vi 9, ’0 nn W Ly Clare Morris, MS iles for the camera with Dean e, sm 12. Award honore Alumni Day 20 , MSW ’09, on Aaron Cooper

Vincent Guilamo-Ram os, NYU Silver professor and co-director of the Center for Latino Adolescent and Family Health, and Latino Commission on AIDS Vice President Mir iam Y. Vega open the International AIDS Conference hub event “Turning the Tide Together for U.S. Hispan ics: Rebuilding our HIV Prevention Toolbox,” on January 23 at NYU’s Kimmel Center for Uni versity Life.

Sreerupa Mitra Chaudhury, chairperson of the Special Task Force on Rape and Violence against Women of Government of India, presents at the “Global Health and Well-Being: The Social Work Response” conference, held on June 17-19.

lphus Towns, MSW, Former Congressman Edo at the Silver School’s ress add e delivers the keynot 21. May on convocation ceremony

s with clean up W ’13, volunteer Beth Diesch, MS y. nd Sa ne ca rri ng Hu activities followi

NYU Silver Student Award recipients Lily Tagg, BS ’13 (second from left), Michael Fiore, BS ’13, and Corde lia Brady, BS ’13 (second from right) pose with their award s at the 5th Annual Student Awards on April 17.

Faculty Awards and Honors

Faculty Publications

New York University has named Professor Deborah Padgett as a

Goldín, L. (forthcoming). The labor topography of Central Highland Guatemala youth:

recipient of the 2012-13 Distinguished Teaching Award, the highest

Employment diversification, health, and education in the context of poverty. Research in Economic Anthropology.

teaching honor bestowed by the University. The Award recognizes faculty who have contributed significantly to the intellectual life of NYU and who have demonstrated their excellence as educators over a sustained period of time.

Goldín, L. (in press). Brother Towns / Pueblos Hermanos. (review of film by Charles D. Thompson). Anthropology of Work Review. Goldín, L. (2012). Enduring Violence: Ladina Women’s Lives in Guatemala (review). The Americas, 68(3), 456-457.

Professor Shulamith Lala Straussner has been awarded a Fulbright

Guilamo-Ramos, V., Jaccard, J., McCarthy, K., Lushin, V., Padilla, M., & Skinner-Day, M. (in

Distinguished Chair Scholarship, the highest level of Fulbright

press). Taxonomy of Caribbean tourism alcohol venues: Implications for HIV transmission.

faculty award with only 40 given out each year to those who have

Journal of Drug and Alcohol Dependence.

prolific teaching and publication backgrounds. Straussner will share

Munoz-Laboy, M., Worthington, N., Perry, A., Guilamo-Ramos, V., Cabassa, L., Lee, J., &

her knowledge on addiction and families at Masaryk University in

Severson, N. (in press). Socio-environmental risks for untreated depression among formerly

Brno, Czech Republic, where she will be a Fulbright Scholar from September 2013-January 2014.

incarcerated Latino men. American Journal of Men’s Health. Guilamo-Ramos, V., Padilla, M., Meisterlin, L., McCarthy, K., & Lotz, K. (2013). Tourism ecologies, alcohol venues and HIV: Mapping spatial risk. International Journal of Hispanic Psychology, 5(2).

Professor Vincent Guilamo-Ramos has been named a center core

Guilamo-Ramos, V., Padilla, M., Linberg Cedar, A., Lee, J., & Robles, G. (2013). HIV sexual risk

director with the National Institute on Drug Abuse-funded Center

behavior and family dynamics in a Dominican tourism town. Archives of Sexual Behavior.

for Drug Use and HIV Research (CDUHR) in the pilot project and

(Electronic publication ahead of print.)

mentoring core. The Center includes six core areas of consultation

Guilamo-Ramos, V., Jaccard, J., Lushin, V., Robles, G., Lee, J., & Quiñones, Z. (2012). Emotions

and training and provides a research infrastructure in support of

and cognitions as correlates of early adolescent sexual behavior among Dominican youth in

the work of approximately 50 investigators from four institutions:

the U.S. and Dominican Republic. AIDS and Behavior, 16(5), 1808-1815.

New York University, the National Development and Research Insti-

Bouris, A., Guilamo-Ramos, V., Cherry, K., Dittus, P., Michael, S., & Gloppen, K. (2012). Prevent-

tutes, Inc., Beth Israel Medical Center, and the John Jay College of

ing rapid repeat births among Latina adolescents: The role of parents. American Journal of

Criminal Justice.

Public Health, 102(10), 1842-1847. Guilamo-Ramos, V., Bouris, A., Lee, J., McCarthy, K., Michael, S., Pitt-Barnes, S., & Dittus, P.

The Westchester Division of the National Association of Social Workers awarded Clinical Associate Professor Sandy Speier the Merit Service Award, recognizing her leadership with NASW Westchester, her work as a mentor, and her contributions to the values

(2012). Paternal influences on adolescent sexual risk behaviors: A structured review. Pediatrics, 130(5), 1313-1325. Lee, R., Zhai, F., Brooks-Gunn, J., Han, W-J., & Waldfogel, J. (in press). Head start participation and school readiness: Evidence from the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study-Birth Cohort. Developmental Psychology.

of the social work profession. Han, W-J., Huang, C-C., & Williams, M. K. (2013). The role of parental work schedule in CPS

The School’s Zelda Foster Studies Program in Palliative and End-

involvement. Children and Youth Services Review, 35(5), 837-847.

of-Life Care has received two new grants. The first is from the 291

Oswald, F. L., Mitchell, G., Blanton, H., Jaccard, J., & Tetlock, P. (in press). Reassessing the pre-

Foundation, for $225,000 over three years. The second is from The

dictive power of the race IAT: A new meta-analysis of criterion studies. Journal of Personality

Y.C. Ho/Helen and Michael Chiang Foundation for $25,000, which

and Social Psychology.

will help provide scholarships for four Zelda Fellows in their final

Jaccard, J. & Levitz, N. (2013). Counseling adolescents about contraception: Towards the

year of the MSW program, including two fellows from under-repre-

development of an evidence-based protocol for contraceptive counselors. Journal of Adoles-

sented groups.

cent Health, 52(4 Suppl), S6-13. Jaccard, J. & Levitz, N. (2013). Parent-based interventions to reduce adolescent problem

Professor James Jaccard has been awarded a three-year, $750,000

behaviors: New directions for self-regulation approaches. In G. Oettingen and P. Gollwitzer (Eds.), Self-Regulation in Adolescence. New York: Cambridge University Press.

grant from the Office of Population Affairs of the Department of Health and Human Services for a research project titled “Improving Contraceptive Counseling in the US” to help reduce unin-

Lackner, J., Jaccard, J., & Baum, C. (2013). Multidomain patient-reported outcomes of irritable bowel syndrome: Exploring person-centered perspectives to better understand symptom severity scores. Value in Health, 16(1), 97-103.

tended pregnancies among young women. Jaccard is working with Planned Parenthood Federation of America and 10 clinics around the country. The project is designed to develop new contraceptive

Gopalan, G., Alicea, S., Gardner, L., Conover, K., Fuss, A., & McKay, M. (2013). Project Step-Up: Feasibility of a comprehensive school-based prevention program. Journal of Early Adolescence, 33, 131-154.

counseling protocols that are grounded in scientific evidence on contraceptive behavior and decision science.

Traube, D. E., Kerkorian, D., Cederbaum, C., Bhupali, C., & McKay, M. (2013). African American children’s perceptions of participating in research. The Journal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics, 8(1), 1- 10. Friedman, D., Alicea, S., Petersen, I., John, S., Myeza, N., Nicholas, S., Cohen, L., Holst, H., Bhana, A., McKay, M., Abrams, E., & Mellins, C. (in press). HIV+ and HIV- youth living in group homes in South Africa need more psychosocial support. Vulnerable Children & Youth Studies.


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Small, L., Jackson, J., Gopalan, G., & McKay, M., (in press). Meeting the complex needs of

Wakefield, J. C. (2013). Uncomplicated depression: New evidence for the validity of

urban youth and their families through the 4Rs 2Ss Family Strengthening Program: The

extending the bereavement exclusion to other stressors. Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica,

“real world” meets evidence-informed care. Research on Social Work Practice.

128(1), 92-93.

Chowdhury, J., Alicea, S., Jackson, J., & McKay, M. (in press). Collaboration with urban par-

Wakefield, J. C. (2013). DSM-5 and the general definition of personality disorder. Clinical

ents to deliver a community-based youth HIV prevention program. Families in Society.

Social Work Journal, 41(2), 168-183.

Mills, L. G., Barocas, B., & Ariel, B. (2013). The next generation of court-mandated domes-

Wakefield, J. C. (2013). DSM-5 grief scorecard: Assessment and outcomes of proposals to

tic violence treatment: a comparison study of batterer intervention and restorative justice

pathologize grief. World Psychiatry, 12(2), 171-173.

programs. Journal of Experimental Criminology, 9(1), 65-90. Wakefield, J. C. (2013). After removal from DSM-5, why clinicians should remember the Nguyen, D. & Bernstein, L. (in press). The role of race and English proficiency on the health

bereavement exclusion. Psychiatry Weekly, 8(4). Retrieved from

of older immigrants. Social Work in Health Care.

Nguyen, D. & Vu, C. M. (2013). Current depression interventions for older adults: A review

Wakefield, J. C. & Schmitz, M. F. (2013). When does depression become a disorder? Using

of service delivery approaches in primary care, home-based, and community-based set-

recurrence rates to evaluate the validity of proposed changes in major depression diag-

tings. Current Translational Geriatrics and Experimental Gerontology Reports, 2(1), 37-44

nostic thresholds. World Psychiatry, 12(1), 44-52.

Nguyen, D., Bernstein, L, & Goel, M. (2012). Sociocultural determinants of health and ser-

Wakefield, J. C. & Schmitz, M. F. (2013). “Can the DSM’s major depression bereavement

vice use: Comparing older Asian Americans and non-Hispanic Whites. Health, 4, 1106-1115.

exclusion be validly extended to other stressors?” Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica. Article first published online: 20 Jan 2013 | DOI: 10.1111/acps.12064.

Nguyen, D., & Lee, R. (in press). Toward an integrative view of Asian American mental health service use. Journal of Immigrant Health.

Wakefield, J. C. (2013). Is complicated/prolonged grief a disorder? Why the proposal to add “complicated grief disorder” to the DSM-5 is conceptually and empirically unsound. In

Nguyen, D., Choi, S., & Park, S. Y. (in press). Access to care among immigrant Asians: A focus on the preretirement age cohort. Journal of Applied Gerontology. DOI: 10.1177/0733464813481849. Henwood, B. F., Padgett, D. K., & Tiderington, E. (in press). What’s the harm? Provider views of harm reduction versus abstinence policies within homeless services for dually diagnosed adults. Journal of Behavioral Health Services and Research. Runell Hall, M. (2013). Hip-hop as cultural pedagogy. In K. el-Hakim (Ed.), The Center of the Movement: Collecting Hip-Hop Memorabilia. Intelligent Publishing. Runell Hall, M. (2013). Sweet lady: Makin’ miracles & hip-hop history. In P. Parmar et al. (Eds.), Rebel Yell: Teaching Social Justice Through Hip-Hop & Punk. Ed. New York: Peter Lang Press. Anderson, P. & Runell Hall, M. (2013). Youth culture, arts and corrections. In L. Brewster & E. Turenne (Eds.), Black Voices Behind the Wall: The History and Meaning of African-American Prison Art. New York: Peter Lang Press. Runell Hall, M. (2013) So much to do. In M. Diaz & R. Raimist (Eds.), Fresh, Bold and So Def. New York: Hip-Hop Association Press. Runell Hall, M. (2012) Occupying the spirit of education. In Occupying Privilege: Conversations on Love, Race & Liberation. New York: Love-n-Liberation Press. Park, S. Y., Shibusawa, T. S., Nguyen, D., & Anastas, J. (in press). Acculturation acculturative stress social support and religiosity: Impact on alcohol use among Asian immigrants. Substance Abuse and Misuse. Siegel, Judith P. (2013). Breaking the links in intergenerational violence: An emotional regulation perspective. Family Process, 52(2), 163-178.

M. Stroebe, H. Schut, & J. van den Bout (Eds.), Complicated Grief: Scientific Foundations for Health Care Professionals (pp. 99-114). New York: Routledge. Wakefield, J. C. & Schmitz, M. F. (2012). Beyond reactive versus endogenous: Should uncomplicated stress-triggered depression be excluded from major depression diagnosis?: A review of the evidence. Minerva Psichiatrica (Italy), 53(4), 251-276. Wakefield, J. C. (2012). Der Begriff der psychischen Storung: An der Grenze zwischen biologischen Tatsachen und gesellschaftlichen Werten. (The concept of mental disorder). In T. Schramme (Ed.), Krankheitstheorie (Theories of Disease) (pp. 239-262). Berlin: Suhrkamp Verlag. (in German) Wakefield, J. C. (2012). Le concept de trouble mental. A la frontière entre faits biologiques et valeurs sociales. In E. Giroux & M. Lemoine (Eds.), Philosophie de la Medecine: Santie, Maladie Pathologie (pp. 127-176). Paris: J. Vrin. (in French) Wakefield, J. C. & First, M. B. (in press). The importance and limits of harm in identifying mental disorder. Canadian Journal of Psychiatry. Wakefield, J. C. & First, M. B. (in press). Clarifying the boundary between normality and disorder: A fundamental conceptual challenge for psychiatry. Canadian Journal of Psychiatry. Wakefield, J. C. (in press). The DSM-5 debate over the bereavement exclusion: Psychiatric diagnosis and the future of empirically supported practice. Clinical Psychology Review. Wakefield, J. C. & Schmitz, M. F. (in press). Study data support the validity of the major depression bereavement exclusion. (Letter). Journal of Clinical Psychiatry. Wakefield, J. C. (in press). DSM and pharm in context. In M. Borch-Jacobson (Ed.), Big Pharma. Paris: Les Arènes. (To be published in French)

Tiderington, E., Stanhope, V., & Henwood, B. F. (2013). A qualitative analysis of case managers’ use of harm reduction in practice. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 44(1), 71-77. Stanhope, V., Marcus, S. M., Ingoglia, C., & Smelter, W. (2013). The impact of person centered planning and collaborative documentation on treatment adherence. Psychiatric Services, 64, 77-79. Bourjolly, J., Sands, R. G., Solomon, P., Pernell-Arnold, A., Finley, L., & Stanhope, V. (2012). Achieving cultural competence: Is transformation the key? American Journal of Psychiatric

The New NYU Silver Website

Rehabilitation, 15, 334-356. Senreich, E. & Straussner, S. L. A. (2013). The effect of MSW education on students’ knowl-

The Silver School of Social Work launched its new website this The revamped site has a

edge and attitudes regarding substance abusing clients. Journal of Social Work Education,

spring at

49(2), 321-336.

new section for alumni and new information about research and

Straussner, S. L. A. & Straussner, S. B. (2012). Alcohol Dependence. Oxford Bibliographies Online: Social Work.

academic initiatives. It better integrates our social media outlets and more seamlessly uses multimedia, such as photos and videos. The website is also responsively designed, so it will auto-

Tosone, C. (in press). On being a relational practitioner in an evidence-based world. Journal of Social Work Practice. Tosone, C. (2013). Celebrating forty years of clinical social work. Clinical Social Work Journal, 41(1), 1-2.

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